January 29, 2016 Last Updated 4:07 pm

Robert Mackey, columnist and blogger for The New York Times, will join The Intercept

The Intercept, the online publication launched by First Look Media, has announced that NYT columnist and blogger Robert Mackey has joined “to report on and analyze news events that center around human-rights abuses and democratic reform across the world.”

Mackey had been the editor of the NYT’s breaking-news blog, The Lede, then left for a very short while to join The Guardian – but one month later was back at the NYT editing the blog. “He decided it wasn’t for him and of course we wish him well,” a spokesman for The Guardian with good cheer. After The Lede, Mackey became a columnist for Open Source, a digital column for the NYT’s Foreign desk.

“A consistent theme of Mackey’s work has been finding and evaluating evidence—often videos and photos—of human rights abuses posted online by witnesses and activists, often in repressive states that are U.S. allies,” wrote Betsy Reed, editor-in-chief of The Intercept. “Mackey, who started at the Times as a fact-checker and studied film at New York University, relies in his journalism on careful evaluations of witness accounts, particularly videos, that are posted on social networks.”

First Look Media, which publishes The Intercept, is a start-up news organization created and funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

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